The 20th edition of the National Sports Festival (NSF) tagged “Edo 2020” will be of international standard in terms of organisation and facility, an official said on Thursday in Abuja.
Mrs Blessing Lere-Adams, Chairman of the Media and Publicity Sub-Committee of the festival’s Main Organising Committee disclosed this to the Nigeria News Agency
She said the MOC and the Local Organising Committee for the Games have been working round the clock for about a year to put in place a festival in line with international best practice.
“The MOC and thebLOC for Edo 2020 has been working together since early last year to ensure a befitting Games.
“With what is on ground presently in Edo, I can assure you, we would have a festival of high international standard,” she said.
Lere-Adams who is also the Director of Press, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development said no fewer than
8,500 athletes are expected to participate at the festival
She said the festival scheduled to hold from March 22 to April 1 would see the athletes competing for about 3,000 medals from 33 sports.
“As you know athletes from the 36 states and the FCT are expected to participate in the festival, and the events will hold in about 22 venues in the ancient city of Edo,” she added.
She said the. Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare had mandated all stakeholders to ensure a world class event in order to further unearth grassroots talent for the national teams.
She therefore called on the media and other stakeholders to support the festival with professional and robust publicity.
NAN reports tha Edo had previously hosted the festival in1981 (as Bendel state) and 2002.
The biennal NSF had been fraught with series of postponements in the recent past as the festival failed to hold after the Lagos 2012 edition, till Abuja came to the rescue in 2018 for the 19th edition.
The 20th edition of the National Sports Festival (NSF) tagged “Edo 2020” will hold from March 22 to April 1 in the newly renovated Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin and some other venues in the state.
NAN reports that the first edition of the NSF was held in 1973 at the National Stadium in Lagos.
The NSF was also meant to serve as a development and training event to aid athletes prepare for continental and international meets, as well as an avenue of showcasing our best talent across various sports.
The 19 edition held in the FCT in 2019 was won by Delta State.
Edo State emerged hosts of the 20th edition at the conclusion of the 19th edition after seeing off competition from Imo, Cross River and Delta States.
The 32 confirmed sports for Edo in 2020 are the most at a Festival since the 37 events featured at the 19th edition in the FCT.
List Of Compulsory Sports For Future National Sports Festivals among others are Athletics, Badminton,Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Boxing,Chess and Cycling.
Others are Football, Gymnastics, Handball, Hockey, Judo and Karate.
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The Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the on-going Ebonyi Veterans Football competition has hailed the standard of play being displayed by participating teams.Nigeria News Agency reports that the competition has two teams each from the three senatorial zones of the state and features players above 40 years.Mr Emmanuel Utobo, the competition’s LOC Chairman, told NAN on Thursday that the players had exhibited high tactical and technical knowledge of the game not expected of individuals of their ages.“The fans can attest to it that such standard has eliminated the tag of ‘novelty’ which such competition is usually associated-with.“People were expecting to see the players going against the sport’s rules and parrying the ball for instance instead of kicking it.“We have instead seen encouraging levels of fitness, accurate and incisive passes, and cohesive play by the teams among other positive attributes.“This can however be attributed to the parading of ex-footballers by the teams especially former players of the defunct Ebonyi Angels Football Club (FC) and clubs across the country and abroad,” he said.Utobo who is the Director of Sports in the state, however expressed displeasure with the low-level of conduct exhibited by some of the participating teams.“We expected high level of maturity from the teams even after softening on the rules to accommodate their conduct.“We are however effectively managing the situation to ensure that the competition ends successfully,” he said.The LOC Charmian noted that such unsavory behaviour was displayed by the Ebonyi central zone’s team ‘A’ which failed to appear for its best losers decider against Ebonyi South team ‘A’.“The match was to determine the competition’s best loser that could join the three already qualified teams for the semi finals.“The Ebonyi central team ‘A’, however, failed to turn-up after the officials ‘graciously’ waited for about one and half hour instead of the stipulated 30 minutes,” he said.He announced that the semi finals which were originally slated for Sunday, Dec. 8 had been postponed due to a religious programme at the Pa Ngele Oruta stadium, Abakaliki on that day.“A new date will be announced for the semi finals and would be duly communicated to the affected teams,” he said.Edited & Vetted By: Donald Ugwu (NAN)
The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) on Wednesday called for full implementation of the Federal Polytechnics (Amendment) Act, 2019.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the conference which kicked off on Dec. 4 would last till Dec. 7.
Dutse said that the Act, which was signed by President Muhammadu Buhari in June, had not been fully implemented.
He said that barely six months after the Act was signed into law, not much had been achieved.
“You can see how the Federal Government put pressure on us on IPPIS issue; if it is their interest, they will put pressure.
“Some Rectors had forced the union members to be enrolled in the scheme, but this act that will benefit the system and workers, has not been implemented.
“Now, there is a letter from the ministry, forwarded by NBTE, that some provisions of the act should not be implemented until next year.
“That is why we are asking, why the alteration? They altered other areas, and they said the council should remain till next year.
“We are not against the council being delayed till next year, but there are some council members that the act has removed.
“We want them to know that there is need for them to take action in that regard,” he said.
He urged the Federal Government to be up and doing, and as well attach much importance and attention to technological education.
According to him, in their speeches, they praised and talked about technical education, but when it comes to funding and attention, the sector received the least.
Kazaure, represented by Dr Olusegun Aluko, Rector, Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, described the union’s stance as patriotic and commendable.
The executive secretary said he was of firm belief that ASUP would have no cause to regret its action.
“From the records, ASUP elections are democratic and rancor-free, which manifests in the excellent fellowship.
“It is my fervent prayer that this NDC will not be different,” he said.
Kazaure congratulated the outgoing leadership of the union for a successful tenure.
He said that their reign had redefined ASUP/Government relationship.
Kazaure also commended the union for its doggedness in the actualisation of the amendment of the Federal Polytechnic Act.
He said similar approach was used by the union to get the government to sign the Memorandum of Settlement, which paved way for NBTE to review its normative instruments, compelling proprietors of institutions to regular payment of salaries and allowances.
Also, Prof. Abubakar Sadaoki, urged management and governing council of various polytechnics to find a common ground with the union for peace to reign in their respective institutions.
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The Pakistani military said Thursday that two women were killed and five people were injured in Indian forces’ firing along the working boundary.
“India continues unprovoked ceasefire violation and targeted civil population along Working Boundary in village Kundan Pur, Chaprar, Sialkot sector overnight,” the army said in a statement.
The statement from the army’s media wing, the Inter-Services Public Relations, said two innocent women were killed and five civilian including three women got injured.
Pakistan Rangers Punjab, which guard border along the Working Boundary, “effectively responded to neutralize Indian Border Security Forces’ posts,” according to the army.
Pakistan and India had declared ceasefire along the Line of Control (LOC) and the working boundary in 2003. Both, however, routinely accuse each other of violating the ceasefire.
The Pakistani side said on Jan. 15 that in 2018, the Indian forces have carried out more than 100 ceasefire violations along the LoC and the working boundary in just 15 days.
“This unprecedented escalation in ceasefire violations by India is continuing from the year 2017 when the Indian forces committed more than 1,900 ceasefire violations,” according to the Pakistani Foreign Ministry.
Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, the Minister of Science and Technology on Thursday said the ministry would employ research to achieve food security in the nation.
Onu made the declaration in Abuja when a delegation from the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST) paid him a courtesy call in his office.
The delegation was led by Dr (Mrs) Toyin Ajenifujah–Solebo, the Chairman, Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the institute’s annual conference in October.
According to him, the ministry and other food inclined agencies under the ministry have determined to holistically look inwards to providing food security through appropriate scientific and technological innovation.
He said that the ministry had done a lot of research and innovation work in the areas of food production, processing, storage and safety.
Onu said that the present administration would not rest until Nigeria attained sufficient food production.
“President Buhari’s administration is committed to strengthening national economy via innovative technologies.
“This will reduce import dependence, enhance local content and strengthen self-sufficiency, “ he said.
Onu said that nations of the world became great and eminent by utilising the enormous power of science and technology to attain remarkable achievements in industrialisation, economic prosperity and social harmony.
He said that it had become imperative that Nigeria should seek diversification of its economy in a sustainable and competitive manner by deploying science and technology as the instrument for economic growth.
Earlier, Solebo said that the passage of Bill on National Council of Food Science and Technology Act presented by the National Assembly would strengthen the institute.
“This will enable NIFST to ensure that we have the right professionals within the food sector.
“It will also ensure that food production processes are carried out under proper hygienic conditions.
According to her, the bill will also empower the body to regulate the activities in the sector and ensure adequate food security and provide safety nets in the country.
Solebo informed the minister that the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST) would organise an annual general conference in Abuja from Oct. 22 to Oct. 25.
She said that the theme of the conference would be “Rejuvenating the Nigerian Economy through Promotion of the Food Value Chain”.
Edited by: Grace Yussuf